How to vote

Casting your vote

Upon commencement of the voting period, members of the electorate will receive an email containing a unique link to access individual ballot papers within the online voting system; the email is sent via the University elections provider BigPulse. Members may access ballot papers at any time throughout the voting period (see notice of elections).

Votes once cast are entirely de-identified so that it is not possible for any person to determine how a particular elector cast their vote. Vote counting does not commence until an election is closed.

Voting systems

Where one candidate is to be elected, the method of voting is optional preferential. Enter the number 1 against the candidate who is your first preference. You may then number the remaining candidates to indicate an order of preference. The vote will not be valid unless the number 1 is entered against the name of a single candidate; it is not compulsory to rank all candidates.

Where more than one candidate is to be elected, the method of voting is proportional representation. You must rank all candidates in order of preference. The vote will not be valid unless a number is entered against the names of all candidates.

The method of voting will be noted on the online ballot paper. See the Elections Regulations for further information on the electoral process.

Assistance

For assistance with the electronic voting system, please contact the Service and Support Centre via telephone: (03) 9925 8888.

Matters concerning the electoral process and applications for inclusion within an electoral roll should be directed to the Returning Officer via email to elections@rmit.edu.au.

Close of Voting

Upon conclusion of the voting period, the Returning Officer will determine the results of the poll and notify candidates within two business days via RMIT email accounts.

Declaration of elected candidates and the distribution of votes will be published on the notice of elections page.